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  • New Mass. clinic access bill called 'unnecessary'

    BRAINTREE -- In response to a unanimous Supreme Court decision in June striking down a law providing a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics, state lawmakers have proposed a new bill that pro-life advocates say is unnecessary and will again curtail free speech.

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  • Bishop Edyvean retires as auxiliary bishop

    On June 29 Pope Francis accepted the resignation as auxiliary of the archdiocese offered last October by Bishop Walter J. Edyvean. The date of the announcement, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul was also the thirteenth anniversary of the announcement of then Msgr. Edyvean's selection as titular bishop of Aeliae and auxiliary of the archdiocese.

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  • Pope Francis makes changes in Boston province

    While The Pilot staff was on hiatus, Pope Francis has been busy making changes in the leadership of dioceses in the Boston province -- states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. If there were an "official box" for these appointments it would be as follows:

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  • Harvard professor calls for 1000-minister anti-casino conference

    CAMBRIDGE -- Stand For Democracy, a group of Harvard students, faculty, and alumni, brought together organizers, activists, community leaders, Harvard students, and faculty with members of the state's religious communities, July 15, to advocate for the good of communities opposed to casino gambling in their neighborhoods or adjacent communities.

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  • Bishop Edyvean retires as Boston auxiliary

    Pope Francis has accepted the request of Boston's Senior Auxiliary Bishop, the Most Rev. Walter James Edyvean to retire from the office of auxiliary bishop. In accordance with Canon Law, the Medford native had submitted his resignation last fall at the time of his 75th birthday. The announcement of the acceptance was made in an unusual Sunday notification from the Holy See on June 29, 2014.

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  • State of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Boston is Strong

    Braintree, MA -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced June 27 that all Catholic schools successfully completed the current academic year and will continue their educational mission next year. Also, academic performance at Catholic schools continues to improve. Statistics documentation the improved academic achievement can be found in the "State of the Schools" report released by the Catholic Schools Office available at www.bit.ly/Vujsau

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  • Relic of St. John Paul II venerated at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- Hundreds of Catholic faithful came to venerate the relic of Pope St. John Paul II at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross June 21 and 22 as the first stop on a national tour being sponsored by St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. and the Knights of Columbus.

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  • Mass. bishops back expanded time limits for abuse claims

    The four Massachusetts bishops have thrown their support behind a new bill that would lengthen the allotted time sex abuse victims have to bring a civil suit. The bishops see it as an "issue of justice," according to Peter McNulty, associate director for policy and research for the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC), the bishops' public policy arm.

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  • First Haitian Cardinal makes visit to Boston

    ROXBURY -- Members of the Haitian community in Boston packed in and overfilled the pews as Cardinal Chibly Langlois, the first cardinal from their homeland, celebrated Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 22, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, commonly known as the Mission Church, on Tremont Street.

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  • Pilot honored at Catholic Media Conference

    BRAINTREE -- The Pilot received six honors at the annual Catholic Media Conference held this year from June 18 through June 20 in Charlotte, N.C. The Pilot received one first place award, three second place awards, and one third place award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada at the Catholic Press Awards presented June 20. The Pilot also received two awards from other Catholic organizations, presented at the conference.

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  • SJC allows casino ballot question

    BOSTON (AP) -- The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that voters can decide the fate of the casino gambling law, throwing the future of casinos in Massachusetts into question. The unanimous ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court will allow a question calling for repeal of the 2011 law to appear on the November ballot. It also overturns Attorney General Martha Coakley's finding that the proposed ballot question is unconstitutional because it would cause casino developers to lose property without compensation.

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  • Vatican high court rejects final appeal of closed churches

    BRAINTREE -- After a nearly decade-long resolution process the former parishes of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston, St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate and St. James the Great in Wellesley lost their last canonical appeal to stop deconsecration of their church buildings when the Church's highest court, the Apostolic Signatura, ruled on the cases in June.

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